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  • Red Bull's blunder leaves the door open for McLaren 1-2

    In an adrenaline filled race Red Bull Racing threw away a potential one-two finish at the Turkish GP after their two drivers collided whilst leading.

    After a brilliant piece of strategy play by the Red Bull team, Vettel had managed to leapfrog Hamilton for 2nd during the first round of pit stops. Although Webber and Vettel looked to be under pressure from the McLaren duo they seemed to have the situation under control. That all changed on Lap 39 when Sebastian Vettel tried an overtaking move on teammate Mark Webber as they went down the straight approaching Turn 12. The two came together and a potential 1-2 finish was gone.

    Vettel’s car (Randy Mandy) spun dramatically in front of Mark’s car several times and his right rear tyre deflated. Mark Webber managed to continue unlike Vettel who was forced to retire, but the Aussie had already lost the lead after being forced off track by Vettel’s spinning car. Mark had to pit and replace his damaged front wing and eventually finished 3rd. A big save considering what happened!

    Lewis Hamilton who had been following the duo closely saw the incident first hand and was gifted the lead as a result. Hamilton went onto win the race and secure his maiden win of 2010 and McLaren’s second 1-2 finish with Jenson Button following his teammate home.

    After the incident the Red Bull drivers had this to say: 

    “I was able to go quicker the two or three laps before. I had the corner on the left and was just trying to focus on braking point and all of a sudden I lost the car. You can see on the television we made contact. I’m not kind of guy that pushes all the fault to one guy we are a team”

    Sebastian Vettel

    “Seb had big top speed advantage, he went down the inside and we were side by side for a while.Then he turned pretty quick right and we made contact. It happened very, very fast. It’s a shame for the team; it’s obviously not an ideal day.

    There was long way to go in race, it wasn’t a guaranteed victory. But it was an interesting few meters and in the end it wasn’t the result either of us want.”

    Mark Webber

    Red Bull Racing’s team boss Christian Horner looked very disappointed and angry after the race, saying he felt the team have “handed McLaren 43 points on a platter” and that they now “need to recover”. Certainly he will need to act quickly to stop any potential divide in the team. The last thing he will want is his driver’s to start fighting amongst each other. 

    But who do you feel was responsible for this collision?  

    In any case the collision marks a pivotal point in the season as the dominance Red Bull have enjoyed in pace has been dramatically reduced. McLaren now have the momentum going into Round 8 at Canada, they have closed the gap in both the drivers and constructors Championships. This already interesting and exciting season, just took on a whole new edge.

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  • Mark Webber
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Red Bull
  • Turkish GP 2010
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Jenson Button
  • Christian Horner
  • McLaren
  • Turkey
  • 2010 Season
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  • Simon Worth's avatar
    Simon Worth
    8:39pm Sun, 30th May 2010

    No doubts for me that it was Vettel's fault. He had every right to attempt the move but Weber had every right to treat him the same as if any other driver had tried the move. Weber gave Vettel enough room but Vettel decided to move across. Dare I suggest that Vettel has Schumacher's attitude that everyone should move out of his way? I have been a big fan of both Weber and Vettel but I'm starting to think that Vettel felt he could bully Weber, and I really don't think Vettel is handling the pressure of Weber out pacing him too well. Canada should be a facinating race!

  • Lloyd Watts's avatar
    Lloyd Watts
    6:28pm Mon, 31st May 2010

    Im with you on that one to a certain extend Simon. Defiantly think Vettel's actions are a direct response to being under pressure to pull one out of the bag and reassert his dominance in the team. Trouble is he made a hash of it. Think its a little bit of impetuousness and inexperience at being in that position. Canada will be very interesting indeed.

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    Simon Worth
    9:44am Tue, 1st June 2010

    It's also very difficult for Christian Horner. No doubt he took a right ear bashing from Mr Red Bull but he's wrong to say the prolem was with Weber not giving enough room. The problem was with Vettel moving across into Weber. Can't wait for Canada!

Mark Webber leading Sebastian Vettel during the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix - © BridgestoneMotorsport

It was all looking comfortable for Red Bull until Lap 39 © BridgestoneMotorsport

Position Driver Team Time
1 L Hamilton McLaren 1:28:47.620
2 J Button McLaren +2.6 secs
3 M Webber Red Bull +24.2 secs
4 M Schumacher Mercedes +31.1 secs
5 N Rosberg Mercedes +32.2 secs
6 R Kubica Renault +32.8 secs
7 F Massa Ferrari +36.6 secs
8 F Alonso Ferrari +46.5 secs
9 A Sutil Force India +49.0 secs
10 K Kobayashi BMW Sauber +65.6 secs
11 P De la Rosa BMW Sauber +65.9 secs
12 J Alguersuari Toro Rosso +67.8 secs
13 V Liuzzi Force India +1 Lap
14 R Barrichello Williams +1 Lap
15 V Petrov Renault +1 Lap
16 S Buemi Toro Rosso +1 Lap
17 N Hulkenberg Williams +1 Lap
18 T Glock Virgin +3 Laps
19 L Di Grassi Virgin +3 Laps
DNF K Chandhok HRT +6 Laps
DNF B Senna HRT +12 Laps
DNF S Vettel Red Bull +29 Laps
DNF H Kovalainen Lotus +25 Laps
DNF J Trulli Lotus +26 Laps